About Denise

My name is Denise. I am an absolute foodie, a crazy dog-lover (see photo of my beautiful pit/lab mix Ellie below), yoga enthusiast and wine connoisseur. I make a conscience effort each day to live my healthiest and best life. I’m a 200-hour RYT and teach yoga 3 days a week. I’m also a spin enthusiast and try to party on the bike as many times a week as possible.

I am a vegetarian (10 years and counting). Oh, did I forget to mention I’m the only vegetarian in my family? Yeah, that’s also super fun and convenient.Β  But you know what? I’m always game for a challenge especially in the kitchen!

I’m a self-taught vegetarian chef and cooking is by far my favorite thing tobella do. I also love cocktails (yes, I have recipes for those too), trying new restaurants and I occasionally read a health book every now and then – so expect to see some book and restaurant reviews along with my recipes up in here.

For more, go here:Β http://about.me/deniseprichard

DISCLAIMER: Some of these recipes WILL be unique whether it’s intentional or not. Cheers and bon appetit!

134 thoughts on “About Denise

  1. Colin Overett

    Hi Denise, I am a good friend of Nicks. I have been following your blogs and recipes and have been enjoying them thoroughly. I am an inspiring “chef” who is also self taught as well, although I will be attending culinary school at Johnson and Wales in Denver, CO come September to better my skills, and in hopes to eventually own a restaurant. I love what you are doing here and I want to tell you that you are doing a great job. I look forward to more of your posts and trying your ideas. Maybe one day when I come back to AZ to visit the big guy we can all get together and have a great feast. Take care.

    • fueled by vegetables

      Thanks so much and so nice to meet you – on the internet that is, haha. How exciting that you’re going to culinary school – definitely one of my goals to do that at some point. When you do pay Nick a visit we should definitely get together and cook up some deliciousness! πŸ™‚

  2. James Stratton

    Hey Denise,
    Thanks for checking out my blogs and for the follow, I hope you enjoy them! Thats cool that you are the only vegetarian in your family, its great to be different! My parents have recently gone veegan and I’m still getting used to it. They are not total veggan’s for they cook meat from time for other people who are not veegan and also eat it themselves sometimes. My brother introduced them to a movie called Forks with Knives (or something like that) which started all that. Anyway, nice to meet you and thought I’d say hello. Looking forward to reading your blogs!

    • fueled by vegetables

      Yes, Forks Over Knives!! I saw that documentary too! Super interesting that so many illnesses a=can be cured by incorporating and plant-based and whole food diet. Have you read or heard of the book, “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer? It’s a super interesting book about the way society views food today – mixed with his wit and humor, of course! You should check it out!

    • fueled by vegetables

      That’s so sweet! Thank you! I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 5 years now – I won’t lie, I didn’t used to be a very healthy one. However, something really inspired me last year to really take care of my body and use food for energy and not just for taste. Not that I don’t allow myself a couple treats every now and then ;).

    • fueled by vegetables

      That’s so sweet! Thank you! I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 5 years now – I won’t lie, I didn’t used to be a very healthy one. However, something really inspired me last year to really take care of my body and use food for energy and not just for taste. Not that I don’t allow myself a couple treats every now and then ;).

      • gracesbeauty

        I’m glad that you were inspired to be healthy, I am also a very health conscious vegan. I have alternated between vegan and vegetarian over the last year, but I think being either one is great; I hope I will stay like this for as long as you have!

  3. isaiah43123

    Thanks for stopping by My Hmmm Colection and deciding to tag along. A vegan or vegetarian lifestyle is interesting but, I like my bacon and burgers.

  4. Chris Stergalas

    Love the look and the theme! It all sounds very similar to my household… there’s little ol’ me cooking up whatever local-earthy-unique vegetable I can find, and my boyfriend really just wanting a steak.

  5. Susan T's Kitchen

    I am vegetarian for over 20 years, my husband is on and off again. At home he cooks vegetarian and when he wants “meat” we will go out to eat. Our pots, pans and everything else has not been touch by meat! I love that he respects me and does not insist on the meat thing at the house. He does drink coke…me…once in a blue moon! I drink water and coffee.

    • fueled by vegetables

      My boyfriend is the same way. Even though he eats meat, he’s fine with eating whatever I make for myself most of the time. I can understand his dislike for tofu and tempeh (they certainly aren’t everyone’s cup of tea!) so I don’t try to make him eat those ingredients haha. But I will admit having a boyfriend who is so respectful of my diet makes it sooooo much easier to prepare meals πŸ™‚

  6. Chica Andaluza

    Hi there, popped over when I saw you had subsribed to my blog (thank you!). It must be tough being a lone vegetarian in a family, so it is interesting to see how you approach it. Neither I nor my partner are vegetarian but we grow much of our produce and because itΒ΄s so tasty and good for us, find that we often eat meat free meals just for the pleasure of it!

    • fueled by vegetables

      That’s awesome! I’ve been wanting to start growing my own produce but the hot Arizona weather makes it hard fro them to survive – not to mention my pit bull Eleanor loves eating veggies so she would definitely snack on them! However, I am starting to grow my own herbs and that has been such a time and money saver. If you have any suggestions on growing your own produce I’d love some advice πŸ™‚

      • Chica Andaluza

        The heat is tough – we struggle with it here but it must be worse for you. Start small, just a plant or two of your favourites and things like chard are quite hardy and just grow and grow and donΒ΄t need much space. Even a couple of peppers are quite easy and will give you plenty of fruit (they do need to be supported as they grow upwards though) or zucchini if you have more space as they can trail along the ground. How exciting..keep me posted if you do start to grow more πŸ™‚

  7. annashortcakes

    Thanks for following my blog. Your Field to Fork post is really interesting. People’s perception of food is so interesting to me. Can’t wait to see your future posts! Thanks again!

    • fueled by vegetables

      I thought so too. I must admit, I am a sucker for an amazing inforgraphic. However, I feel like this kind of visual helps break it down a little bit better rather than sorting through dozens of studies and articles :).

  8. sherrylcook

    Hello Denise! Thank you for following my blog! I love your articles! very nice! I will be moving my blog over to my new website very soon and I hope you follow me there as well! It is still under construction but please visit later and subscribe…you can find the link at the bottom of my posts the next few weeks! keep up the great work!

  9. healthninja

    I just read “Arizona” and thought “Man, it must be hard to be a Vegetarian in Arizona” – and my experiences are actually pretty similar. My whole familly and boyfriend are happy omnivores (and sometimes I think carnivores πŸ˜‰ ) and I am living vegan among them. Nice to have this big supporting foodblogger-community, right?

    • fueled by vegetables

      You have no idea! It’s nice being surrounded by people who are probably equally annoyed with the “why are you a vegetarian?” and “what do you eat?” questions. Finally… people get me!!! πŸ™‚

  10. tgb9593

    Its so nice to have you following my blog- I’ve had fun reading yours now too. It must be a real challenge living with a non veg. I hope HE loves his veggies!

  11. marthastoever

    i’m so glad you stopped by my blog which led me to yours! your “about me” could substitute for my own… i too am a vegetarian (only in my family!) who is married to a man who grew up on a “meat and potatoes” diet (fortunately my culinary efforts have won him over and he eats vegetarian unless he’s not eating at home), i am a self-taught cook, lover of red wine, and a runner. i look forward to reading more of your posts and hope you’ll keep up with mine as well!

  12. One Veg World

    Thanks for following our blog! Your site looks delicious πŸ™‚ It’s wonderful that you’re sharing how delicious and healthy plant-based food can be.

    If you’re ever in the area, we’d like to invite you to our restaurant πŸ™‚

  13. Melissa (Better Fit)

    Hi Denise, thanks so much for the follow! It looks like you have some fantastic recipes on here- I look forward to exploring. I live in a mixed household too- I’m veggie and my husband isn’t! Makes for some interesting meals πŸ™‚

  14. Aoife.D

    Hi Denise, Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the follow. I’m so impressed with yours! While I’m not a vegetarian, I cook meat-free meals quite often and firmly believe veggies can cure pretty much any ills! Looking forward to catching up on more of your posts and awesome recipes!

  15. vinicooksveg

    Hi denise, your blog is lovely and will be helpful too. I ‘m too a vegetarian but my hubby is not! We have lot of things in common. Thanks for dropping by my blog else i would have missed such a great blog of yours!

  16. soulofspice

    Thanks so much for stopping by and following soul if spice. Can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to be the only vegetarian in the family. By the soy ds of it and nick looks like you’ve worked it out πŸ˜‰ look forward to reading your recipes & your visits again.. Charu

  17. cfichtner

    Your recipes look amazing! I can’t wait to try them out!

    I am currently living in a country that does not have easy access to many of these ingredients, but hopefully I can work something out. Cheers to healthy living!

  18. jenyjohn

    Hi Denise , thanks for the follow…. you sure do have a lovely blog here… Nice recipes… looking forward to read more…:)

  19. Kristin

    Hi Denise! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. πŸ™‚ I love your about page – you are such a good writer and you’ve got some pretty tasty recipes on here! I’m excited to keep reading πŸ˜‰

  20. Tracy

    Hi Denise, Thanks for following my blog, I hope you enjoy the recipes. I know how you feel with your partner being a bona fide carnivor, my boyfried also bleeds bacon grease. I am lucky though, as he is very open to healthy vegan fare as well (as long as it comes with a side of ribs or a steak), so it is fun coming up with all kinds of new dishes.. Tracy.

    • Denise

      I went vegan for awhile – I loved it! I would say that my diet is 40% vegan 60% vegetarian, but since this darn gluten allergy kicked in, being vegan has been a little more difficult! πŸ™‚

  21. wildernesswalking123

    hi, denise and thanks for dropping in into my blog….much obliged, ma’am!
    i think we both have the same likes….im a semi-vegetarian (i do eat meat now and then..!) and i love dogs, too…Simba is my partner in crime (he’s 4 yrs old, and a beautiful golden tan and black german shepherd who follows me around wherever i go…).
    im gonna be looking at following some of your recipes, so they better be good, girl…LOL…great interesting blog, anyways!

  22. misstaolin

    Hi Denise, thank you for the follow. I’ve been struggling with vegetarian recipes, despite having grown up on a diet full of veges and fruit, so I look forward to finding some inspiration from your blog πŸ™‚ x

  23. kaceytorres

    Cute blog! I’m not a strict vegetarian…it’s more like I eat a plant-based diet with meat about 1 or 2 times a week:) My husband used to be a hard-core meat-eater, but then I had him watch some documentaries (Forks over Knives, Vegucation…) and now he eats a plant-based diet, too! Makes cooking a lot easier!

  24. Sarah

    Denise, I love your blog — especially for the pictures of Eleanor πŸ™‚

    Just one wish…have you considered incorporating more vegan recipes? I sympathize with your being the only vegetarian in your family plus gf, but veganism is easy (really not such a sacrifice at all) and way more animal friendly/non-violent/you probably already know…but if not I’m happy to recommend or exchange resources. Let me know!

    • Denise

      Hi Sarah! I actually have a lot of vegan recipes that I haven’t posted just yet – I always like to have pictures with my recipe posts. I agree going vegan is A LOT simpler than most people realize (i would consider my diet to be 75% vegan and 25% vegetarian. I follow the Vegan Before 6 diet by Mark Bittman and love it). Going out makes it hard to be vegan sometimes, but I make it work whenever I can – plus having a meat-eating boyfriend makes it difficult too. It’s all about making compromises and finding that happy balance! I wish some people would just give Daiya a chance!

      Thanks you so much for your comment and suggestion – I will definitely make an effort to put more vegan recipes up here!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  25. chelseaeva

    Great blog! I’m new to the blogging world, but am already finding so many gems in the blogging community like your recipes! My bf is also a carnivore and I’m mostly vegetarian …. so I can totally sympathize. It’s nice that you are able the channel the differences into creativity. Stop by my blog sometime, http://pistachiojar.wordpress.com/ Cheers! Chelsea

  26. xballerina

    Wow, awesome blog! Thanks so much for introducing it to me through your follow on xballerina! Ditto on the yoga, food and wine. I am a “flexitarian”, no red meat, and my husband LOVES all things meat. So I can relate:) My Grandma says she stopped cooking because she doesn’t no what to feed us “vegetarians.” Oh boy. Anyway, I look forward to reading more!! Cheers…

  27. Steph

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I totally relate to being the only vegetarian in the family. But I did get my dad to at least TRY tofu this Christmas. Progress, lol.

  28. chiomaume

    Hey Denise! Great site! I’m always looking for new things to eat – myer lemon on a pizza = very intriguing! Thanks for following my blog – and for teaching me something new!! πŸ™‚

  29. kendallhall37

    Hi Denise! Great website! I love all of the healthy recipes. I’m the only vegetarian in my family as well. Thanks for following my website. I’m just getting it off the ground so I’m going to be uploading a few months worth of content in the next couple of days so hopefully you don’t have it set up so that you get an email each time I post an article. That might get annoying πŸ™‚ I noticed that you liked my article about free fitness classes in the Junction (in Toronto, Ontario). Does that mean you are a Junction/High Park girl? I’m always looking for a new fitness buddy in the area πŸ™‚

    – Kendall

    • Denise

      Unfortunately I live in Arizona… I just love when others share free fitness opportunities with their followers. Such an easy and economical way to get healthy!! πŸ™‚ xoxo

  30. warriormaiden13

    Thank you so much for liking and following my blog! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ I absolutely LOVE your blog! Your recipes are scrumptious and the floral around here is very pretty! πŸ˜€ You are gluten free too?? Wow! My mom has to be gluten free due to Celiac Disease. What are some of your favorite gluten free recipes??
    Cannot wait to check out everything on your site! πŸ™‚


  31. rosannamenck

    Nice to meet you, Denise. I look forward to exploring more of your blog-looks like a lot of amazing recipes. Thanks for visiting my blog-hopefully one day a gluten intolerant person will be able to go into any restaurant and order off the menu without a Q&A session!

  32. eat2healthblog

    Hi Denise, Greetings from the UK! Thanks for stopping by Eat2Health, joining our community and introducing us to your blog! We hope that you enjoyed your visit; we offer plant-based recipes with GF options! We look forward to discovering more about Fueled By Vegetables (it looks pretty tasty!) and will look our for your future posts! Best wishes, Lynn & Alex πŸ™‚

  33. katyV

    Denise, I totally get you! I’m the only non-meat eater in my family too, which sadly includes my husband… but in reality he is super supportive of me following my personal convictions. Thanks for following me. I really look forward to reading some of your recipes and trying them out in m kitchen too! ❀

  34. Kay.Brooks

    Hi Denise! Nice to meet you and thanks for the follow. Love some of the recipes I have had the chance to take a look at AND super love that your boyfriend is definitely a carnivore. My husband is too and so it’s a hard adjustment for us both. Meal planning has been a disaster so far lol.

    Thank you for being a friendly face amidst the negative comments and for stopping by. I really look forward to using some of your recipes.

    • Denise

      Hey Kay – thanks for your comment. πŸ™‚ I’m so happy to connect with you on here, we seem to have a lot of things in common! I look forward to more of your posts!! xoxo

  35. biakatie

    Hi Denise. Thanks for liking my blog post. I really like your blog too. I am a vegetarian like you and I love trying new recipes. I am also a yoga enthusiast so I find your posts about yoga interesting too. πŸ™‚

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